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A Guide to Childminding in Your Own Home in Ireland

Professional childminding is becoming the preferred choice for childcare for more families than ever. Known as a more flexible and personable choice, it is increasingly considered as the best option to align with the busy ebb and flow of family life. If you’re contemplating embarking on this fulfilling career path, you’re aligning with a dynamic…

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A Guide to Childcare Costs in Ireland in 2023

Does it sometimes feel like you’re shouldering the burden of two mortgages? Unfortunately, if you’re a parent in Ireland, this might be a familiar feeling. Childcare costs have become a thorn in the side for families, with their significant impact on household budgets often influencing the tough decision of whether or not to return to…

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How you pay your nanny and tax implications

The severe lack of childcare places in Ireland along with a move towards flexible working means that, as a result, more and more parents are choosing to have their children minded in their own home by a nanny. There are also lots of advantages to this type of childcare including not having to bundle the…

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Au Pairing in Ireland: A Guide for Au Pairs and Families

While there‚Äôs no exact figure for the number of au pairs working in Ireland currently, in 2018 the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland estimated that approximately 20,000 Irish households had employed an au pair. A number that we believe has risen sharply in the last number of years, as more and more families are turning to…

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Live In Au Pairs vs Live Out Au Pairs – What is the Difference?

Live In Au Pairs vs Live Out Au Pairs Being an au pair is a unique cultural exchange experience that allows young people to live abroad, learn a new language, and gain valuable childcare experience. However, there are two main types of au pair arrangements: live-in and live-out. In this article, we explore the key…

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Entry and visa requirements for au pairs in Ireland

Ireland is a popular destination for au pairs, as it offers a unique blend of culture and tradition, as well as the opportunity to live and work in a welcoming and friendly environment. However, obtaining the proper visa and navigating the rules and regulations around working as an au pair can be confusing, particularly for…

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What are the duties and responsibilities of an au pair?

An au pair is an invaluable support to a busy family and will usually attend to the needs of the host family’s children during the day, such as preparing meals and snacks for them while the parents are at work, or out of the home on other errands. An au pair is also expected to…

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What is the cost of an Au Pair in Ireland?

An au pair is typically a young person who has come to Ireland to live with a host family and provide childcare in exchange for board and lodgings, a fair wage and travel expenses. If you are considering hiring an Au Pair in Ireland, you may be wondering about the cost of this and how…

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Hiring an Au Pair in Ireland | A Guide for Host Families

Hosting an au pair can be a great way for your family to share cultural experiences and make new friends from other countries. However, there are some things to consider before deciding on whether to enlist the services of an au pair and become a host family. In this article, we talk about what it’s…

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How To Become an Au Pair in Ireland | Au Pair Requirements Ireland

It’s always a good idea to research your options before you make any big decisions, and one of the most important decisions you will make is where to live and work. If you’re considering becoming an au pair, which is a great way to see the world, then Ireland is a great option. With its…

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